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3D printing equipment and machinery will be one of the main attractions at ADDIT3D, International Exhibition of Additive and 3D Manufacturing, which will hold its third edition from 28th May to 1st June 2018 in parallel with BIEMH. Its coinciding in time and space with the largest platform devoted to Industry 4.0 in Spain will give the event a wider range of equipment and finished components.

The event also takes place within a favourable context, with significant increases in the sale of additive manufacturing equipment and companies offering solutions, as well as a foreseeable stabilisation in prices of both equipment and raw materials.

Since the first edition of ADDIT3D, the “systems and machinery” category has been the most interesting sector according to the visitor’s surveys, with a score of 20%, followed by “industrial applications”, “3D scanning services”, “software”, “raw materials”, “metrology” and “services”. All aforementioned sectors will be represented at the event’s exhibition area, which will once more offer tailor-made solutions to strategic sectors, such as the automotive, aeronautics, moulds, industrial tooling, machine-tool, energy, railways, packing and packaging, defence and medical-surgical sectors.

The campaign to attract exhibitors, which began in November, has kicked off significantly well. In June 2017, ADDIT3D brought together 90 exhibiting firms, which made an average of 225 commercial contacts with potential clients. The conference programme, coordinated by ADDIMAT, will address the sector’s major challenges, offering cutting-edge solutions to improve the product value chain. Representatives of leading companies will pass on their experience of the new applications that are already successful in this field, with provisions of exceeding €16 billion in 2020.

Thanks to its combination of exhibition and conferences, ADDIT3D has become a benchmark to exchange information and technology, develop international promotion strategies and hence discover new business opportunities. ADDIT3D is organised by ADDIMAT, Spanish Association for Additive and 3D Manufacturing Technologies, and Bilbao Exhibition Centre.

Latest InvoMilling CAD/CAM Software Changes Gear Cutting with New Advanced Features

Cutting tool and tooling system specialist Sandvik Coromant has extended the functionality of its InvoMilling software. The latest version of this user-friendly CAD/CAM solution for fast and simple NC programming offers more possibilities when manufacturing gears on universal five-axis machining centers. As of late 2017, the software will also enable customers to produce straight bevel gears and herringbone gears.

InvoMilling exploits machine tool kinetics for the effective and flexible manufacturing of high-quality gears and splines in quality level 6 or better, according to DIN 3962.

After entering the required gear data, the intuitive CAD/CAM software defines the optimum machining strategies and generates a CNC program that allows the production of different gear profiles using just a few standard precision tools. The software also offers excellent graphics as well as features to create and simulate milling paths.

As well as options for herringbone, double helical (with and without gap), and straight bevel gears, an additional new function available in the latest version of InvoMilling is flank correction. This applies to tip relief and crowning in both the flank and profile directions as well as helix and pressure angle corrections.

Numerous improvements have also been made to the tools. For instance, adapted tools have been introduced to the tool library.

“With the new software functionalities and tool optimizations, we are offering our customers additional options for gear cutting in small and medium batch sizes—making the process even more flexible, fast, and efficient,” said Jochen Sapparth, product manager InvoMilling CAD/CAM at Sandvik Coromant. “At the same time, we are expanding the range of applications that can be performed using five-axis machining centers.”

Laser blanking lines exceed expectations

Laser blanking lines don’t require dies, but can’t match the productivity of conventional blanking lines: This commonly held assumption has now been proven false based on real production data collected by a Schuler customer.

Over the course of the first year in production, Schuler’s newly developed systems outperformed the contractually agreed upon yields by 20 to 100 percent, depending on the specific part produced. This means that, in some cases, output was double the contracted amount.

A single shift was all it took to produce over 8,500 outer body blanks, and there is still room to increase that figure furthermore. It’s enough to supply a Schuler servo press line with a production capacity of 18 strokes per minute. Particularly where sensitive surfaces like those found on aluminum blanks are involved, the laser blanking line provides nearly the same output as a conventional die-based press blanking line.

 Cutting edges with increased quality and less burr

Another benefit is that since the blanking shape can be changed at the push of a button, customers save money by eliminating the costs of purchasing, storing, maintaining and repairing expensive dies and the work required to equip their machines. The laser blanking technique also provides higher-quality blank edges. Aside from these advantages, the first year of production showed a significant reduction of contamination caused by detached burrs (flitter) accumulating in the forming die.

A number of laser blanking lines featuring DynamicFlow Technology are already in use in the automotive industry. Customers have been impressed by the ability to save material (thanks in part to flexible nesting), and by the fact that costly building foundation work is no longer necessary. One high-end OEM recently placed an order for another line from Schuler.









About the Schuler Group –

Schuler is the technology and global market leader in the field of forming technology. The company provides presses, automation solutions, tools, process expertise and service for the entire metalworking industry and lightweight automobile construction. Its customers include automobile manufacturers and automotive suppliers, as well as companies from the forging, household appliance, packaging, energy and electronics industries. Schuler is a leader in coin minting presses and implements system solutions for the aerospace, rail transport and large-dimension pipe manufacturing sectors. In the 2016 fiscal year, Schuler generated sales of 1.174 billion euros. After acquiring toolmaker AWEBA and a majority stake in Chinese press manufacturer Yadon, Schuler has a presence in 40 countries with around 6,600 employees. Schuler is majority-owned by the Austrian ANDRITZ Group.

Zum fünften Mal in Folge: MAPAL bleibt Preferred Supplier der Bosch Gruppe

Seit Jahrzehnten arbeiten die Bosch Gruppe und die MAPAL Dr. Kress KG eng zusammen. MAPAL liefert Werkzeuge und Spannfutter für die Bearbeitung zahlreicher Bauteile weltweit an die verschiedenen Standorte von Bosch in Nordamerika, Asien und Europa. Um dem hohen Stellenwert gerecht zu werden, den Bosch bei MAPAL einnimmt, kümmert sich seit mehreren Jahren ein Key Account Manager intensiv um alle Belange des Kunden.

Umso größer war die Freude beim Präzisionswerkzeughersteller, als die Bosch Gruppe MAPAL – bereits zum fünften Mal in Folge – den Status des „Preferred Supplier“ im Bereich Tools verlieh. „Die Auszeichnung als Preferred Supplier bestätigt uns in unserer Arbeit. Bosch ist für uns ein sehr wichtiger Kunde. Wir sind stolz, dass unsere Werkzeuge bei verschiedenen Projekten Anwendung finden und überzeugen“, sagt Dr. Jochen Kress, Mitglied der MAPAL Geschäftsleitung.

MAPAL bleibt dem bevorzugten Lieferantenkreis für künftige Projekte zugehörig. Denn mit der Auszeichnung bescheinigt Bosch MAPAL eine überdurchschnittlich kompetente und leistungsfähige Zusammenarbeit. Mit dem Preferred Supplier Award würdigt Bosch die besonders guten Leistungen bei der Herstellung und Lieferung von Produkten und Dienstleistungen.

Christian Hasslinger, Senior-Manager Bosch Zentraleinkauf, überreichte die Urkunde am 18. Dezember an MAPAL. Hasslinger dankte dem Präzisionswerkzeughersteller im Namen von Bosch für die erbrachten Leistungen, die Kooperationsbereitschaft und das hervorragende Prozessverständnis.

SIGMA Award: Günther Heisskanaltechnik and Speedturtle rewarded in 2017

During the third SIGMASOFT International User Meeting at the beginning of November SIGMA Engineering presented the SIGMA Award for the first time. Rewarded projects show a consistent use of SIGMASOFT Virtual Molding to reduce costs or necessary resources significantly. The first winners are GÜNTHER Heisskanaltechnik and Speedturtle.

For years SIGMA Engineering GmbH, Aachen, Germany, finds projects at their customers, in which the full potential of modern simulation approaches has been used. To honor the customers, who optimize their projects with a consistent use of SIGMASOFT Virtual Molding, in 2017 SIGMA presented the SIGMA Award for the first time. It is granted to customers, who in realizing new projects shorten the SoP and significantly reduce costs and resources by the comprehensive use of SIGMASOFT. The award ceremony was part of the SIGMASOFT International User Meeting.

The first SIGMA Award is granted to the company GÜNTHER Heisskanaltechnik GmbH from Frankenberg, Germany. Dipl. Ing. Marco Kwiatkowski, Head of Production and Development Thick Film, explained how hot runners are optimized at GÜNTHER with the help of SIGMASOFT. “The thermally and rheologically calculated hot runners can be mounted on the mold immediately at our customers and allow a continuous and indulgent processing of the polymer due to the uniform temperature distribution from the connection nozzle over the manifold and hot runner nozzle up to the cavity. Because of the thermal evaluation of our manifold systems we can eliminate unbalanced filling of cavities due to hot spots or cold areas”, explains Kwiatkowski. “We are delighted at winning the first SIGMA Award.”

Because of the many projects worthy of recognition, SIGMA decided to already grant a second award during the first ceremony. The mold maker Speedturtle from Batalha, Portugal, only started working with SIGMASOFT in the middle of 2016. Since then, General Manager Marco Ruivo and his team could already optimize a number of molds with the help of simulation. “With using SIGMASOFT we take more time for the first steps during designing a new mold, but in the end we can deliver to our customers much faster, as we have less iterations for each mold. The honor of the SIGMA Award shows us we are definitely following the right approach”, explains Ruivo. “Our customers use simulation on a very high level”, explains Thomas Klein, General Manager of SIGMA, “With the SIGMA Award we want to acknowledge how they solve complex and challenging questions with the help of our software.”

Rotary connector for rotating components: Eisele offers new practical connector from Basicline push-in fitting

Eisele has developed a ball bearing rotary connector. This new addition to series 14 of the Eisele BASICLINE can rotate freely around its own axis. The new rotary connector offers a solution for conveying compressed air from a rigid component to a rotating component.

Eisele developed a new ball bearing rotary connector that conveys compressed air of -0,9 to 16 bar from a rigid component to a rotating component

The new rotary connector, which is designed for an operating pressure range of -0,9 to 16 bar, is suitable for all applications that are compatible with nickel-plated brass. The seals are made of NBR and FKM. The rotary connector is available in a straight and an angled version for tube diameters of eight, ten and twelve millimetres. The screw-in end is equipped with G1/4 threads.
This new push-in connector from series 14 of the BASICLINE is the first fully rotating connector in Eisele’s product spectrum. The rotary movement is enabled by a hybrid stainless steel ball bearing with ceramic balls, which is approved for rotational speeds of up to 800 rpm. Stainless steel versions that are suitable for other operating media will follow.

Der neue bürstenlose 22ECP35-Motor der Ultra-EC-Baureihe Holen Sie sich das perfekte Verhältnis zwischen Drehzahl und Drehmoment zum optimalen Preis

Portescap hat die neue Baureihe Ultra EC™ für bürstenlose Motoren mit der Markteinführung des neuen 2-poligen, bürstenlosen DC-Motors der Reihe 22ECP35 erweitert.


Als Teil unserer Ultra-EC-Baureihe für bürsten- und nutenlose Miniatur-Bewegungslösungen bieten diese kostenoptimierten Motoren 30 Prozent mehr Dauerdrehmoment und 100 Prozent mehr Leistungsstärke gegenüber vergleichbaren Motoren, ohne Kompromisse bei der Laufruhe und langen Lebensdauer einzugehen, was sie von einem bürstenlosen Gleichstrommotor erwarten.

Der bürstenlose DC-Motor der Serie 22ECP35 verfügt über unsere patentierte Ultra-Spulentechnologie, die ein beispielloses Drehmomentverhalten und eine einzigartige Leistungsdichte mit niedrigen Verlusten im Motorkern über einen breiten Betriebsdrehzahlbereich und ohne Reibung oder Bürstenverschleiß bietet.   Der 22ECP35 kann für die meisten Anwendungen auf den Medizin- und Industriemärkten angepasst werden und erhöht dabei die Lebensdauer und Zuverlässigkeit einer Anlage, ohne dabei die Leistung und den Maschinendurchsatz zu beeinträchtigen.

Der neue 22ECP35 ist die ideale Wahl für Anwendungen, wie z. B. batteriebetriebene Handwerkzeuge, Fabrikautomatisierungsanlagen wie elektrische Greifer, menschenähnliche Roboter, Laborautomatisierungstechnik, medizinische Einwegwerkzeuge, Automatisierungsstellantriebe und Anwendungen mit Längenbeschränkungen.

Der 22ECP35 ist in Ausführungen mit einer Länge von 35, 45 und 60 mm mit Hall-Sensoren und insgesamt 4 Spulen erhältlich, damit er Ihren Drehzahl- und Spannungsanforderungen entspricht. Individuelle Optionen einschließlich Getrieben, Encodern und unterschiedlichen Spulenausführungen und unterschiedlichen mechanischen Schnittstellenanpassungen sind bei Portescap auf Anfrage erhältlich.

Portescap ist weltweit ISO 9001:2008-zertifiziert und auch unser Produktionswerk in Indien besitzt die Zertifizierung mit ISO 13485, ISO14001:2004 und OHSAS 18001:2007.